Suspect facing charges after Texas man strangled at Arkansas festival
FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KATV) —
A man working as security personnel for a Greenbrier festival is now facing a manslaughter charge after a festival attendee died, according to the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.
While working off-duty at the Flux Festival on March 17, a deputy was approached by 34-year-old Anthony Paul Flick, who was working as security personnel for the festival, and told there was a problem with one of the attendees. Flick told the deputy it appeared the man was asleep in the road.
The deputy went to check on the man, identified as 24-year-old Austin Dodson of Texas, and said he was unresponsive. After closer examination, the deputy said he noticed Dodson's face was discolored and he was not breathing.
Festival staff performed CPR until first responders could arrive, and Dodson was taken to the Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to the State Crime Lab, an autopsy revealed Dodson died from strangulation.
Through its investigation, the sheriff's office says it has probable cause to believe that the festival security team's actions resulted in Dodson's death.
Flick, who notified the deputy about Dodson, was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals in Anderson, Missouri.
He is being held in Missouri as he awaits extradition to Arkansas.
The sheriff's office asks anyone with information in the case to call investigators or leave an anonymous tip by going to CrimeTips at www.fcso.ar.gov.